Triumph Daytona T595 cafe racer. Even classic.

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In 1983 the 'old' Triumphfactory bankrupt. The English multimillionaire John Bloor bought the name Triumph on. The man knew that not only the name, but above all quality and modern production methods were needed to be successful. He hired a team of experts, built a brand new factory in Hinckley and purchased state-of-the-art production machinery and parts in Japan, Germany and France.

The heart of the new Triumph remained English. Ricardo was allowed to design the new engines and the frame was developed at Harris. The engines were modular in three- and four-cylinder versions. This created 750 and 900 cc three-cylinder and 1000 and 1200 cc four-cylinder.

From 1990 the new Triumphs in production and have since built up an excellent reputation. That it was complained that the new Triumphs resembled old Kawasakis? You always have complainers.

In July 1993, Bloor and his team decided to develop two new three-cylinder engines: a sports engine, the Speed ​​Triple T509, and a supersport engine, the Triumph Daytona T595. Now with the eye-catching Spondon frame and looks that made us wince with admiration. The Triumph Daytona T595 was presented in 1996. With its striking appearance, it found its way to many passionate owners. 12 months later, a T595 became the 50.000th motorcycle produced at Hinckley. Of all the British motorcycle brands that have ever gone under and been brought back to life, Triumph the only brand that has been successfully reborn. And such a T595? Now that's just a classic. Or an extraordinary classic.

De Triumph Daytona T595 in the pictures is extra extraordinary. The machine was made by Maarten Poodt. Maarten makes motorcycles almost compulsively. That is usually a winter job. Simply because he has to, from the bottom of his heart, or if he receives an assignment to do so. In his free work he has a slight preference for Yamaha, but he is not a brand-blind fundamentalist. His creations are so good that they could have come from any reputable factory.

This Triumph Daytona T595 is 100% in the style of the most classic café racer. It is a high-level tribute to the heyday of the English motorcycle industry. The machine exudes thoughtfulness, quality and class. The 595, this recent classic, stands proudly at the intersection of artisan craftsmanship and an almost perverted beauty.

As a client you have something to say. But you shouldn't overdo it. After all, too much participation leads to chaos. That's where it went 'wrong' with the fashion model. During the process, the client came up with that Triumph had to be fitted with a turbo. A long story short: Maarten did not think that was appropriate in this case. In order to prevent anyone else from interfering with his work, Maarten bought the Triumph from the soon-to-be ex-client and finished the machine in the way he thought was a worthy tribute.

Then came the moment of insight: Maarten is a builder. Not a collector. No seller. But Maarten has been friends with Hans Juijn from Roadrunner motors from Velp for a long time. The Triumph was allowed to join Hans' business and Maarten inimitably came up with a price of € 7.000 for it. Oh yes: Maarten also makes custom seats. And he has a website:

How wonderful it is to meet real people, real characters offline. Still wondering what Maarten actually does for a living…

And meanwhile the Triumph three-cylinder engines as legendary as their predecessors, the T150 models. But they are immeasurably better. Not everything was better in the past. Mostly clearer.

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  1. The t300 did not have a frame developed by Harris at all. A prototype half-timbered frame was built by the Harris brothers, which was rejected by the factory for a frame derived from the old T140 Bonneville frame. Furthermore, the frames of the later t595/955i were not built or developed by Spondon at all. These frames benefit cheaply from the success of Spondon aluminum tube frames, but are 100% cheap castings, welded together by robots, unlike the real Spondon frames, which are handmade from 7020-t6 aluminum tube and do not break into pieces. the smallest collision. Just look at my real Spondon Triumph 1200 daytona, and see the difference.

    Triumph daytona t595 cafe racer. also classic.

  2. Very nice! Artwork!
    A standard yellow Daytona T595 is also brilliant.

    But my great love is the first generation Daytona 900. In yellow.
    So it's in the garage. Next to a Trophy 900 in green and a Honda V65 Sabre.

    • Hugely agree! My T150 with Norton S pipes. And my Hinckley Trident had long megatons. But they made a lot of noise when driving. I didn't even notice that myself. I was alerted to it by a motorcycle cop. Then it went on mine Triumph riding in front of me while I was allowed to go after it on his Yamaha. What a noise. At my house, the agent stayed with me when I reassembled the original dampers.

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